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Bitterness and God's Grace

I apologize for my sporadic posts. Summer has been somewhat busier than I had anticipated.

Bitterness! Ugh it's such an ugly word. Bitterness can cause a person to act ugly, do ugly things. It just makes the person" bitterugly". And no one wants to be around bitterugly people.

Ephesians 4:31-Let all bitterness,and wrath,and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you,with all malice.

Hebrews 12:14-15-Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man can see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

 There's many more scriptures that deal with the subject of bitterness.
Why am I'm posting about bitterness you may be wondering?
Because I'm harboring bitterness towards a group of Christians mainly the  ladies in our community. The reasons are rather dumb but after doing some research, listening to a topic about them, reading other people's experience with this particular denomination, I sort of understand why they behave the way they do. But it's rather hard when you come across one of the ladies and they either act like you don't exist or they try to avoid you at all costs.

I have had to repent several times because it is not Christlike at all to have such bitterness toward them. I don't want to have the "I don't like those ladies" attitude but instead I need to pray for them because they believe they are the "true church" of Christ. As a result of this belief they don't appear to be very friendly.
Another reason I want to watch my attitude is because when people see me, I don't want to be mistaken for this group and because of our similarity in dress. When I'm out I try to be friendly and let the love of Jesus shine. You can't point people to Jesus if you act like they have "cooties"

Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Stay in the Word and be nice to those you see when you are out.  You may be the only "Bible" people see.

Comments

  1. Oh dear sister how I have struggled with bitterness! Bitterness mostly toward my father who was never father of the year. But I chose to let go of that bitterness and what a joy that was. I strive now not to be bitter. My life is good, I have a loving husband, good friends and wonderful neighbors too! I am blessed!

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  2. Dear Regina, you are such a blessing. I appreciate your honesty here and your openeness about having bitterness toward a group of Christian ladies. I have met some ladies like that. I think a lot of the misunderstanding comes because of not having a good understanding of what true Biblical separation is all about.

    I also appreciate the fact that you mentioned that we need to pray for these ladies. Bitterness is a real killer and takes away our joy. One day I will share on the blog how the Lord taught me about bitterness and what to do with it...praying is the key factor.

    Thank you again, my friend, for your openeness here. xx

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  3. Dear Regina ... Thank you for your kind words on my "little space" and for your visits. I am browsing through your past postings. As I was reading this post, the first thing that came to mind was prayer. I find that prayer time is the answer to much that goes on in our life each and every day. Sometimes it is easier said than done though. I hope that you have blessed weekend. Homespun Hugs 💝 Teri

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  4. I loved this post, Regina! So, so true! I have struggled with bitterness over various things, and I don't want to be "bitterugly," either. It's such a yucky feeling, and people don't want to be around someone with that attitude. Grace, patience, compassion, and forgiveness: these are all things I am asking God to help me have. When I think a bitterugly thought, I try to turn it around and smile instead as I intentionally think a kind thought about that person.

    Loved this post! Thank you!
    Jessica

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